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2019 Melbourne Cup Weights released

Aaron Hamilton in News 10 Sep 2019
Racing Victoria Executive General Manager Greg Carpenter announces the weights for the BMW Caulfield Cup and the Emirates Melbourne Cup

Racing Victoria’s (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, has announced the weights for the 2019 Melbourne Cup (3200m) which will be held at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, November 5.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Kew Gardens has been assigned top weight of 58kg following his dual Group 1 victories which include the Grand Prix de Paris (2400m) and last year’s English St Leger (2900m).

Godolphin pair, Cross Counter who won the 2018 Melbourne Cup for trainer Charlie Appleby, and Avilius who is a dual Group 1 winner for trainer James Cummings, are next on the handicap line and will have to carry 57.5kg. 

“Kew Gardens was the world’s joint highest-rated stayer alongside Stradivarius last year, he was a dominant winner of the 2018 St Leger at Doncaster and so is a worthy topweight among the 152 entries for this year’s Melbourne Cup,” Carpenter said. 
“Cross Counter will carry 6.5kg more than when he won the Melbourne Cup, which is the same increase as Let’s Elope in 1992, but given the nature of his victory last year and the natural progression in the weight-for-age benchmark from a three-year-old to a four-year-old, I felt it was an appropriate penalty to impose. 
“Inevitably the internationals will again pose a formidable challenge to the locally-trained stayers, with the first three home in the 2018 Melbourne Cup all set to return to Melbourne this year, but if the likes of Andrew Ramsden winner Steel Prince and Adelaide Cup winner Surprise Baby can maintain their form throughout the spring, I’m sure the visiting horses will have a real fight on their hands.”



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2019 Melbourne Cup Weights released

Racing Victoria’s (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, has announced the weights for the 2019 Melbourne Cup (3200m) which will be held at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, November 5.

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